AA Teamworks West Yorkshire SCITT Physical Education (3CXM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our secondary courses are designed and taught by a dedicated team of practising teachers. Each is based on developing each trainee with a bespoke plan and experience designed to make you the best teacher you can be. All programmes are an 11-16 programme with a post 16 enhancement.
Physical education trainees will teach both examination and core PE classes as part of their placements. You will be placed in two schools for your assessed placement from across our partnership schools. The normal pattern of the year is to be in your placement school for four days per week and to attend our training programme one day per week. We have very experienced mentors who are there to guide and support trainees throughout their training year and you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of schools on training days to broaden your experience and understanding. We provide all our trainees with their own laptop during the programme and have a dedicated website for trainee support and resources. All trainees are registered with the University of Huddersfield for a PGCE. We are looking for candidates with normally either a degree in their subject or related to it, or for candidates with a non-related degree an A level in the subject at C or above.

School placements

Our programme places you in two schools from within the partnership across the year and you will work across two key stages; key stage 3 (11-14) and 4 (14-16) with post-16 enhancement. Our Secondary partners are based in Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & Leeds. Partnering with local schools in the area, we feel fully encompasses the geographical, social and economic diversity of West Yorkshire, offering our alliance breadth and depth. A key strength of our partnership is the diversity of schools; your two placement schools will be contrasting and the range of children and teachers you will work with will come from across the entire alliance ensuring you are trained to teach in all schools from the very start of your career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We accept qualifications from two organisations. Both offer assessment only or support sessions plus test. the first is Birmingham City University. Tests cost £30 and support plus tests costs £100 for maths and science and £120 for English. (https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants) The second is Equivalency Testing. Course costs and examination fees vary according to subject (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/)

Personal qualities

We are first and foremost looking for potential! This is a training programme so we do not expect you to be the finished article but we are looking for people who are committed to teaching as a career, who are highly motivated, reflective and creative.
A passion for your subject and good communication skills are important to demonstrate in both your application form and the interview process. We can support candidates with school experience prior to application or beginning the programme.

Other requirements

  • It would be helpful to have spent time in school to ensure you have an understanding of the role of the teacher. To support candidates who lack school experience we would recommend: reading some articles about teachers and schools in the weekly newspaper Schools’ Week, downloading the NationalCurriculum Orders and watching some online Oak Academy lessons.

  • You will also need to undertake an enhanced DBS check and an occupational health check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

For trainees, without access to a DfE ITT bursary, we offer a £500 bursary.

About the training provider

Training with AA Teamworks is a great way to kick start your teaching career; we are very proud of the quality of our partnership, our curriculum and our pastoral support. From the start of the programme trainees are fully immersed into school life, building up their confidence and school contact time as they go on. We offer both primary and secondary training in a wide range of subjects and work with a collection of schools in West Yorkshire and East Lancashire. We offer diverse teaching placements (including time in special schools), ensuring trainees have experience in different types of school environments, preparing you for when you complete the programme and begin your ECT year. AA Teamworks is one of only 33 schools to be awarded research school status by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) & The Department for Education (DfE) giving our trainees access to the latest evidence-based practices . Out teaching team are dedicated and experienced educators who work to create a personalised learning experience. Once training is complete we recommend you for QTS status and a PGCE is awarded from The University of Huddersfield. Working with The University of Huddersfield also provides our trainees with full access to all their facilities. Applicants who do not qualify for a DfE bursary are awarded a bursary of £500 and all trainees are provided with a laptop through the programme. AA Teamworks cannot sponsor study visas and all applicants need to have the right to study in the UK on application

Interview process

Selections take place throughout the year. They include an interview with a selected panel of staff and a short activity designed for a group of pupils. These will take place in person where possible and online where not.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At AA Teamworks we are fully committed to supporting every student; identifying and addressing barriers are central to provision. Our training facilities also comply with the current accessibility legislation.
We provide a laptop and can add assistive technology to support students with writing and the production of assessments. For academic assignments learning support services are available vis our HEI partner. All training materials are hosted online to access during and after sessions. We provide all trainees with additional support for wellbeing from the Education Support Charity, which gives them all access to free counselling for personal and financial issues. All trainees have a personal tutor who is there to support pastoral care and well being.

Contact this training provider

West Vale Primary School
Stainland Road, Greetland,
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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